AB5 lists dozens of occupations that are exempt, including:
- Private investigators
- Commercial fishermen
- Manicurists and estheticians
But porn stars aren’t on that list. Neither are truck drivers, freelance writers and artists, owners of franchise businesses or cleaners.
The law also protects adult film stars against sexual harassment, something the industry has been increasingly concerned about in recent years. (Earlier this year, Gamma Films, one of the largest conglomerates in the porn world, instituted a code of conduct for performers and crew after one of its directors was accused of sexual assault by a performer.)
There will, however, likely be one effect performers (both in the adult entertainment world and other industries) aren’t prepared for: Smaller paychecks.
“For performers, it’s probably not going to have much of a negative impact, aside from the fact that they’ll see less money,” says Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, a sociologist who specializes in the world of adult entertainment. “They’re used to getting their day rate. Now they’re going to have taxes taken out of it. It’s also going to cost producers time and money to do that.”
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